The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has urged orphanages and similar homes for vulnerable children in Mangochi to put in place mechanisms to allow vulnerable children to express themselves.
Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare chief nutritionist and HIV and Aids officer Maureen Tembo said this can help policymakers to formulate policies that can address the needs of all Malawians regardless of age.
She said this in Mangochi on Saturday during the launch of Cosmogolem, a human-like suggestion sculpture for children, which has been constructed at Malawi Orphan and Education Training (Moet).
Tembo said for a long time, policymakers have been formulating policies targeting children without taking into account ideas and input from the very same children which the policies wants to protect and promote.
“Vulnerable children’s voice is mostly not included in policy formulation because in most cases, the children have nobody to speak for them,” he said.
In his remarks, Moet executive director Patterson Majonanga said the idea of having a Cosmogolem at the institution was born after noticing that orphaned children had difficulties to relay their concerns to authorities.